Inaugural Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Conference a Success
Texas is fortunate to have multiple nationally-recognized Pediatric Neuroscience programs providing care for children. An essential component to the success of these programs has been a willingness to share expertise, collaborate on new research, and work together to improve the care of children in our state. With these goals in mind, Medical Director of Neurology at Cook Children's, M. Scott Perry, M.D. chaired a committee of leaders from multiple Texas pediatric hospitals to create the Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network Conference in cooperation with the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas. The inaugural conference was hosted in Fort Worth February 22-24, 2019 and was attended by 134 participants representing doctors, nurses, researchers, patient advocates and businesses focused in the neurosciences.
This year's theme, “Access to Care,” focused on providing accurate, timely diagnosis and quality care through access to experts, therapies and technology. Talks ranged from defining measures of quality epilepsy care to using the latest in technology to bring expertise in epilepsy to underserved areas. Participants learned how using “big data” from electronic health records through the collaborative “Learning Healthcare System” could provide feedback to participating institutions leading to improved outcomes. Speakers representing programs from across Texas contributed their expertise, along with invited speakers from Nationwide Children's, Weill-Cornell, and the Lennox Gastaut Syndrome Foundation.
Perhaps most importantly, attendees were afforded two days to interact with colleagues from across Texas which spawned several collaborative initiatives to improve epilepsy care. The group agreed to begin developing a Texas Pediatric Epilepsy Network to continue collaborative research amongst the providers in the state and plans have been set for the 2nd Annual Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Network meeting to be held in Austin, March 6-8, 2020. Lectures from the conference will be published as commentaries in an online issue of Pediatric Neurology in the coming year.
M. Scott Perry, M.D. – Chairperson, Cook Children's Medical Center
Dave Clarke, M.D. – Texas Children's Hospital
Yu-tze Ng, M.D. – The Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Susan Arnold, M.D. – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Children's Health
Fred Perkins, M.D. – Dell Children's
Gretchen Von Allmen – Hermann Memorial